A happy community is made up of happy people. According to Walk Score, a person’s happiness is dependent on how well their neighborhoods are walkable.

Redfin’s Walk Score ranked the walkability of over 10,000 neighborhoods in over 2,800 cities across North America. In this assessment, walkability was described as the easy accessibility of public transit, bike lanes, and the proximity of amenities within a 5-minute walk. Walk Score also considered how well pedestrians were treated in these cities. The results showed that several Canadian cities were deemed walkable!

It’s true that while many of these Canadian cities do not compare to the walkability of New York or San Francisco, they are still more walkable compared to other cities in the country.


More Walkable Cities In Canada

In 2020, Redfin's also ranked the most walkable cities in Canada and provided each with a walking score. This list was updated to include some of these cities that weren't mentioned in the original list, such as Burnaby in British Columbia and Longueuil in Quebec.

10 Toronto, Ontario (Score: 61)

Being one of Canada’s most populous cities, it’s not a surprise to discover that Toronto is afflicted with congested traffic and sluggish gridlock on the daily. However, that doesn’t deter tourists from visiting this lively Ontario city. Toronto is home to a diverse population, offering travelers a variety of entertainment venues, from vibing nightclubs to cozy art galleries. The city is adorned with a large network of local busses, subways, rail cars, and trains that stretch from the downtown core to the suburban neighborhoods of Toronto. Downtown districts like Bay Street Corridor, Chinatown, Church-Young, and Kensington are perfectly accessible by foot, but locals who live in the surrounding Toronto area (known as the Greater Toronto Area) are heavily dependent on public transportation and their motor vehicles.

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9 Halifax, Nova Scotia (Score: 63)

Being a major economic hub for Canada’s Atlantic region, Halifax is home to Halifax Harbour, a large port for incoming ferries and freights, as well as North America’s oldest ferry service, which was started in 1752! Their bus network may not be as complex as those found in Vancouver or Montreal, but its size (and the lack of high traffic congestion) make Halifax a generally accessible city for cyclists and those who love to travel on foot (with some destinations requiring a car or public transit to get to).

8 Montreal, Quebec (Score: 65)

Montreal will offer visitors a unique cultural experience when touring Canada due to its distinct history and European-inspired aesthetic that is unique to this beautiful city. This bilingual city offers visitors great food, culture, entertainment, and picturesque views of the St. Lawrence River (which is great for whale-watching). Montreal has a reliable network of busses, railways, and subway lines, alongside extensive bike paths that stretch throughout the city. While a majority of locals still prefer using their car to get errands done, neighborhoods like Plateau-Mont-Royal, Ville-Marie, and Outremont make doing errands on foot a breeze!

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7 New Westminster, British Columbia (Score: 72)

New Westminster is part of the Metro Vancouver region being just a stone’s throw away from Surrey and Richmond. The city is home to 5 SkyTrain stations (a light rapid transit system for travel across Vancouver) and 20 bus routes, offering locals an alternative to congested roads, especially around the city center and Sapperton areas. Alternatively, with dedicated bike lanes scattered in several locations (especially within New Westminster Quay), cyclists can enjoy soaking up the city sights with their bikes).

6 Victoria, British Columbia (Score: 76)

Only 100 kilometers (or 60 miles) away from Seattle, British Columbia’s capital of Victoria is popular amongst boaters and retirees due to its easy-going, relaxed vibe. Nicknamed “The Garden City,” Victoria is also known for its gardens and Victorian-inspired architecture. While the roads are experiencing some congestion (due to an increasing population), Victoria offers a wide range of transportation alternatives, such as passenger rail service, double-decker buses, and ferry services. Otherwise, this city’s mild-mannered weather makes biking all year round possible!

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5 North Vancouver, British Columbia (Score: 77)

Just across Vancouver lies the suburban city of North Vancouver, famous for its hiking trails and the breathtaking views of Grouse Mountain. North Vancouver is connected to Vancouver via Lions Gate Bridge and the Ironworkers Memorial Bridge, sharing some of the city’s extensive public transportation network. People can also travel between the cities using the SeaBus, a passenger-only ferry service in the area. The city has a healthy network of bike routes, encouraging locals (and visitors) to bike everywhere with free bike valets and an e-bike-sharing network!

4 Westmount, Quebec (Score: 77)

Westmount is home to only 20,000 people but is considered to be one of Canada’s wealthiest communities (even competing with Toronto and Vancouver)! Sherbrooke Street—Montreal’s second-largest street—runs along Westmount, which is home to various commercial districts and Westmount Park (which itself houses an arena, playgrounds, tennis courts, baseball diamonds, a swimming pool, and a soccer field). This city is quite small compared to other major Canadian cities but still offers amenities that are accessible by foot to its locals.

3 Vancouver, British Columbia (Score: 80)

The gorgeous West Coast Canadian city made a list as one of the most walkable cities in North America, joining the ranks of San Francisco, New York, and Boston. Being the most walkable city in Canada means that Vancouver has an extensive network of busses, along with a light rail system and ferries (they even have water taxis)! Vancouver is also a haven for people who enjoy nature, which is great for locals who enjoy biking; The city has over 450 kilometers (or 279 miles) of bike routes! Alternatively, hungry foodies may want to consider exploring the city on foot due to its unique foodie scene (HINT: start your hungry travels at Granville Island).

2 Burnaby, British Columbia (60.1)

In 2020, Burnaby in British Columbia, Canada, was handed a 60.1 walkability score by Redfin's. This city, being the third largest in British Columbia, is just stunning and has many attractions and unique activities to offer its visitors. For instance, people will enjoy going back to the roaring Twenties by hitting various landmarks in this Canadian city, such as the Burnaby Village Museum. It's also worth taking in the views at Burnaby Mountain, playing in Central Park, watching the various 70 species of birds on Burnaby Lake, and going on a shopping spree.

1 Longueuil, Quebec ( 54.4)

On the south shore of the St. Lauwrence River, people will find the beautiful suburb of Montreal, Longueuil. This industrial, residential, and commercial city was given a 54.4 walkability score by Redfin's in 2020. Longueuil was founded in 1657, and people can enjoy visiting this region to spend a day cross-country skiing or hiking in Parc Michel-Chartrand. On the northeast edge of Longueuil, there is the Boise du Tremblay that nature lovers must visit. In July, the city holds a 6-day music festival, the International Percussion Festival, which features over 500 musicians.

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